This is one of Nate’s favorite desserts! Probably because it is creamy and decadent, with hints of chocolate and espresso which compliment each other so well. The literal translation of tiramisu in Italian means “pick-me-up” and it most certainly does. I have only have tiramisu a couple times so I wasn’t sure if it would hold up the Nate’s standards but I sure think it did! I would also like to add that this is my kind of dessert because there is no baking… it is practically fool proof!!
Recipe Precautions: There is a lot of pre-chill time before the chill time. Be sure you have allotted yourself enough time. This recipe cooks the egg yolks (unlike a traditional recipe) so all can feel safe eating it… But there is alcohol so sorry kiddies, no dessert for you. Alright fine, leave it out if you need to feed the kids too.
(Revised from Baked Bree)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup espresso powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Kahlua
- 1 box Nilla Wafers (I could NOT find ladyfingers)
- 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, for shaving/grating
Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large glass or metal bowl. Put the bowl over a pot of simmering water.
Whisk constantly until the eggs triple in volume and turn pale yellow, it will take about 5 minutes. Take the egg mixture off the heat. Whisk for 5 more minutes to help cool. Add the mascarpone 1 cup at a time, and mix until completely combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together boiling water, brown sugar, espresso powder, and Kahlua. Stir until everything has dissolved, and transfer to a deep sided dish to cool.
When everything is nice and chilled, dip the wafers (or ladyfingers) into the coffee mixture and line the bottom of an 8x8 pan with the wafers.
Layer 1/3 of the mascarpone mixture over the wafers.
Grate a dusting to bittersweet chocolate over this layer.
Repeat the layers until you have 3 layers of each. Cover with plastic wrap and chip for 2 hours or overnight. The longer it sits the better it tastes!
When you are ready to serve, LIBERALLY shave more chocolate on the top.